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NY Times Columnist Maureen Dowd Says Spielberg Should Correct 'Lincoln'

17 February 2013 2:40 PM, PST

New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday added her voice to those calling for Steven Spielberg to re-film or re-dub a scene from "Lincoln" to properly represent the vote of two Connecticut House members on the 13th Amendment. Joe Courtney, a Democratic congressman from Connecticut, started the controversy earlier this month when he wrote to Spielberg to complain that DreamWorks' "Lincoln" falsely showed two of Connecticut's House members voting "Nay" against the amendment for the abolition of slavery. He called on the film's director  to publicly acknowledge the mistake »


- Todd Cunningham

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Independent Box Office: Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet' Looking Like a Hit

17 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

The Weinstein Company's "Quartet" hit all the right notes in its expansion this weekend, and neared the $7 million mark in its sixth weekend at the specialty box office. The film, Dustin Hoffman's directing debut, went from 244 to 333 theaters and and took in $1.3 million, an average of roughly $4,000 per location. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Billy Connolly star in the tale of a group of retired musicians whose annual Verdi's birthday concert is disrupted by the arrival of a first-class diva (Smith). Also read: 'Good Day to Die »


- Todd Cunningham

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'Good Day to Die Hard' Winning Box Office, But It's No Blowout

17 February 2013 8:58 AM, PST

Bruce Willis and "A Good Day to Die Hard" are winning the President's Day weekend box office, but it's no runaway and two over-achieving female-skewing movies -- "Safe Haven" and "Identity Thief" -- nearly stole the show. The fifth installment in the "Die Hard" action franchise, and the first in more than five years, is on track to make an estimated $39 million over the five days since it opened on Thursday. That's about what the distributor Fox had projected, though more bullish industry analysts had predicted it would hit  $50 »


- Todd Cunningham

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'SNL': 'DJesus Uncrossed' Casts Christoph Waltz in New Tarantino Tale (Video)

17 February 2013 7:43 AM, PST

He is risen -- and ready for revenge. "Saturday Night Live" debuted Quentin Tarantino's latest historic epic Saturday, and "DJesus Uncrossed" features Christoph Waltz rising after three days to kick Roman ass. As humble carpenter Jesus H. Christ -- the H. is silent -- Waltz walks on water to strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who nailed him to the cross. Apparently he says the N-word a lot, too. Watch the video: Related Articles:  »


- Tim Molloy

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Hugh Grant Confirms: I'm a Dad Again, Now Leave Me Alone

16 February 2013 11:10 PM, PST

Hugh Grant announced on Saturday that he had fathered a baby boy, while pleading for privacy from media inquiries.  "In answer to some journos (journalists)," the British actor posted on the social media website Twitter, "am thrilled my daughter now has a brother. Adore them both to an uncool degree. They have a fab mum." "And to be crystal clear. I am the Daddy," he added in a second tweet. Grant, 52, who is best known for such films as "Notting Hill" and "About a Boy," did not reveal the child's name on »


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'Les Miz' Is Music to the Ears of the Cinema Audio Society

16 February 2013 10:41 PM, PST

"Les Miserables" has been named the best work of 2012 by the Cinema Audio Society, a non-profit organization that honors the art of sound mixing in film and television. The film, for which director Tom Hooper recorded his actors singing live on the set, was considered the favorite for the Cas Award and for the sound-mixing Oscar. In addition to working with vocal tracks recorded in difficult circumstances, its mixers had to contend with prominent orchestral music throughout the film's near three-hour running time. Also read: For 'Les Miserables' Sound Mixing, a »


- Steve Pond

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Cinema Editors Cut to the Chase: It's 'Argo,' Again - and 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Too

16 February 2013 10:11 PM, PST

"Argo" racked up yet another guild victory on Saturday night, taking home the American Cinema Editors' Ace Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature (Dramatic). "Silver Linings Playbook" won the award for Best Edited Feature (Comedy or Musical). The award is an unusually reliable predictor of the film-editing Oscar, and adds to a substantial guild-awards haul for "Argo" that also includes honors from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild. The Writers Guild announces its winners on Sunday. "Silver Linings Playbook" has less overall success this awards season, but has dominated »


- Steve Pond

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'Good Day to Die Hard' Seizes Top Spot at Box Office but 'Safe Haven' Stays Strong

16 February 2013 12:27 PM, PST

"A Good Day to Die Hard" took over the lead at the President's Day weekend box office with an estimated $7.3 million take Friday. That lifted it past No. 2 "Safe Haven" and put it on pace for a five-day total of around $36 million. That means Fox's R-rated Bruce Willis action film, the fifth entry in the franchise and the first since 2007, is running a little below studio expectations and well off the most bullish analysts' projections, which were as high as $50 million for the five days. The »


- Todd Cunningham

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Facebook Hacked in 'Sophisticated Attack'

15 February 2013 5:27 PM, PST

Facebook said on Friday that it was the subject of a "sophisticated attack" from hackers last month, but no user data was compromised. Employees at the social network visited an infected site and its servers downloaded malicious software, or malware, from the mobile developer site. "As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day," the company said in a blog post Friday. "Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that »

- Alexander C. Kaufman

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Gerard Butler Sues Producers of 'Motor City' for $5.1M (Exclusive)

15 February 2013 5:13 PM, PST

Gerard Butler is suing the producers of "Motor City" for $5.1 million in damages, claiming he was not paid after the film was scrapped last summer. Butler is alleging breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in a suit filed this month in California Superior Court. Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla Films, which financed "Motor City," is named as a defendant, as is the limited liability company, Motor City Productions, that was established for the film. Also read: Vendors, Crew Angry Over Money Owed on »


- Brent Lang

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'Apt. 23' Star Krysten Ritter to Lead NBC's 'Assistance' Pilot

15 February 2013 5:13 PM, PST

Krysten Ritter might have been rendered temporarily homeless when ABC evicted her comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" from its programming slate earlier this year, but at least she's working again. Ritter has been cast in the NBC comedy pilot "Assistance." She'll play Nora, an idealistic assistant who strives to please her larger-than-life boss as she attempts to find balance in her own life. Also read: "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 Pulled From ABC's Schedule The single-camera comedy is being written by Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), who'll also executive produce, along »


- Tim Kenneally

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News Corp. and AllThingsD May Part Ways (Report)

15 February 2013 5:00 PM, PST

AllThingsD, the tech and media site run by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, may leave its owner, News Corporation, when the partnership contract expires at the end of 2013, Reuters reported. Swisher and Mossberg are due to deliver a business plan next week to Robert Thomson, the former Wall Street Journal managing editor chosen as CEO of the News Corp.'s new publishing spin off. And as their site's contract expires at the end of the year, others suitors are circling it, Reuters said. Condé Nast, which recently hired Swisher as a contributor »


- Alexander C. Kaufman

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'Safe Haven' Review: The Location Should Have Top Billing

15 February 2013 4:56 PM, PST

One either sparks to Nicholas Sparks, finding his melodramatic love stories to sigh over, or one doesn't. Sparking to "Safe Haven," the latest film based on one of the bestselling author's swoony novels, requires a high tolerance for a mighty sappy love story and the ability not to see a mile ahead for the supposedly surprise plot points, though they're as obvious as bright red buoy markers bobbing in the water.   None of which seems to have hurt the box office appeal of seven previous film adaptations of Sparks's books, including »


- Leah Rozen

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'Melrose Place' Actress Gets 3 Years for Deadly Drunken Car Crash

15 February 2013 4:33 PM, PST

Former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer is moving to a considerably less trendy location for the next three years: New Jersey state prison. Locane-Bovenizer, who played Sandy Louise Harling for 13 episodes on the '90s nighttime soap, was sentenced in a New Jersey courtroom on Thursday for vehicular homicide and assault by auto, in connection with a June 2010 drunken crash that killed one person and critically injured another. Also read: 'Melrose Place' Actress Convicted of Vehicular Homicide The 41-year-old received three-year sentences for each count, which will be served concurrently. Locane-Bovenizer, who will »


- Tim Kenneally

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Chris Dodd: MPAA Backing Away From New Piracy Legislation

15 February 2013 4:21 PM, PST

The movie industry is abandoning its quest for broad new legislation against piracy in the face of the battle last year over the Stop Online Piracy Act, MPAA Chairman-ceo Chris Dodd said Friday. "Having a brawl in Congress doesn't make a lot of sense," Dodd told TheWrap, shortly after telling a National Press Club audience that he "wasn't enthusiastic" about moving forward with legislation. Dodd suggested that the movie industry is still talking in Congress about ways to help better fight online piracy, but suggested those talks would not lead to any »


- Ira Teinowitz

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Can Vanilla Ice, Chris Hardwick Take the Streamys From Trainwreck to the Mainstream?

15 February 2013 4:02 PM, PST

Nerd god Chris Hardwick, 1990s rap icon Vanilla Ice and a gallant troupe of YouTube stars have the same mission this weekend – to turn the unknown Streamy Awards into the Golden Globes of online video. That's why Tubefilter, which conceived the show to honor the best in online video and helped produce its first two iterations, has partnered with Dick Clark Productions, the company that produces the Globes, as well as the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. Unlike those events, this show will not be broadcast -- it »


- Lucas Shaw

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Showtime Casts Kyle Chandler as Lead in 'The Vatican' Pilot

15 February 2013 3:08 PM, PST

Showtime has cast "Friday Night Lights" alum Kyle Chandler as the lead in Ridley Scott and Paul Attanasio's "The Vatican" pilot, the network said on Friday. The Emmy winner, who also plays a pivotal role in "Zero Dark Thirty," will portray Cardinal Thomas Duffy in the contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics. Chandler's character is described as a charismatic yet enigmatic Archbishop of New York, whose progressive leanings excite some and alarm others within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.  Also read: Ridley Scott, Paul Attanasio Working on 'Vatican' Pilot for Showtime Matthew Goode »


- Greg Gilman

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'iCarly' Star Miranda Cosgrove Cast in NBC's 'Girlfriend in a Coma' Pilot

15 February 2013 2:26 PM, PST

Now we know, we know that NBC's "Girlfriend in a Coma" comedy pilot is series -- because it's just added Miranda Cosgrove. Cosgrove, star of the Nickelodeon hit "iCarly," will play Evie, a small-town, overachieving loner, who can't shake the legacy of being the daughter of "Coma Lady" (played by Christina Ricci). When her mother wakes up, her world is turned upside down, and every hope she ever had of keeping her nose to the grindstone, saving money, and getting grades for an out-of-state college is thrown out the window. Also read: Miranda »


- Tim Kenneally

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'The Canyons,' Lindsay Lohan-Bret Easton Ellis Film, Goes to IFC

15 February 2013 2:21 PM, PST

IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to "The Canyons," a Paul Schrader film starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen from a script by Bret Easton Ellis, and plans a simulataneous theatrical and video-on-demand release. IFC also plans to release the film in conjunction with a special presentation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. "The Canyons" was made for a reported total of about $250,000, with $150,000 coming from Kickstarter contributions and the rest from the filmmakers. The many complications in making the film were detailed in a »


- Tim Molloy

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'Silver Linings Playbook' Oscar Nominee Jennifer Lawrence Shares Her Acting Secret: Never Sweat

15 February 2013 2:08 PM, PST

The worries began on "The Hunger Games," where Jennifer Lawrence came to the set each day with her usual approach: lines unmemorized, attitude casual. Woody Harrelson watched his gifted co-star work, and the famously laid-back actor gave her what he figured was a real compliment: "You make me feel like I work too hard." But Woody's line started to eat at Lawrence. Maybe acting wasn't supposed to be this easy; maybe she should be poring over her lines at night, working harder, obsessing like some of her peers. "I was worried, »


- Steve Pond

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